The Story of the All Blacks was first published in 1993 to celebrate the one-hundredth anniversary of the New Zealand rugby union. It consisted of 12 X 24 – page, stapled booklets, which have now become scarce and are no longer in print. In 2010 it was decided to rewrite and republish The Story of the All Blacks as 4 X 36 page books with improved and updated text, illustrations and binding. The four books, each covering a period of approximately 25 years are: - Originals & Invincibles (1900 – 1925) Lions, Wallabies & Springboks (1926 – 1950) Springbok Fever & Grand Slams (1951 – 1980) Politics & World Cups (1981 - 2000) The books are written with young people in view. They are not mere statistical records of matches played, points scored, etc. although the most important matches, series and developments are fully covered. They are well illustrated with a highly readable and entertaining text illuminating such features as: - The imagination shown by the first player ordered off, who limped painfully to the sideline, thus earning the applause of the crowd rather than its derision. The origins of the All Black name. The referees amazing whistling fantasia in the Surry game of 1905. The try that wasn’t in the Welsh test of 1905. And the referee who literally ‘missed the boat’ in the Irish test.